Weird Al Yankovic Performing at Blizzcon 2016
Blizzard Entertainment has spared no expense with its closing ceremonies in previous years at Blizzcon, the company’s convention dedicated to celebrating its beloved franchises. The convention has seen the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica and Blink-182 grace the main stage to close out the festivities. This year, the convention has called upon one of music’s greatest icons to make the previous closing ceremonies musical performers “Eat It”. Blizzard has officially announced that “Weird Al” Yankovic will perform at the Blizzcon 2016 closing ceremonies.
For those who do not “Dare To Be Stupid” with their music choices, “Weird Al” is the four-time Grammy Award winning artist best known for making parody versions of popular songs, such as his parody of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” recreated as “Eat it” or his most recent parody of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” which he titled “Word Crimes”. In the October 27th press release, Blizzard Entertainment CEO and Co-founder Mike Morhaime had this to say about Mr. Yankovic’s Blizzcon debut:
We’re super excited to close out our tenth BlizzCon with a performance from an epic showman—and fellow geek. Weird Al has entertained millions of people around the world with his hilarious music, and we’re thrilled that he’s bringing mandatory fun to the show and everyone following along with a Virtual Ticket.
This Virtual Ticket that Morhaime referenced is Blizzard’s way of letting fans that are unable to attend the sold-out convention participate in the “Mandatory Fun”. For $39.99, Battle.net Account users will have access to a live stream of all of the Blizzcon events, including the “Weird Al” performance. Also included in the Virtual Ticket are some free in-game items for Blizzard’s biggest games, such as a pair of murloc pets in World of Warcraft and a convention-themed Bastion skin for Overwatch.
The press release even included a direct quote from the “White & Nerdy” performer himself. “I’m very excited to be playing at BlizzCon,” said Yankovic, “because it’ll be one of the few times in my life where a significant percentage of the audience is even nerdier than I am!” As a lifelong “Weird Al” fan myself, I am extremely pleased that Blizzard decided to turn their World of Warcraft fan’s paradise into an “Amish Paradise” this year, and while I was not considering purchasing Blizzcon’s Virtual Ticket before this week, right now it certainly “Smells Like Nirvana” to me. Are you excited for “Weird Al’s” performance? Are you going to purchase the Virtual Ticket, or even go to the convention in-person? Let us know in the comments below!
In other Blizzard news, have you heard the rumors about a possible Diablo 4 announcement at Blizzcon this year or that Blizzcon attendees will receive DLC that makes Overwatch’s D.Va added as an announcer to Starcraft II?
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